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Work permit delays criticised

Published måndag 22 juli 2013 kl 12.28
Photo: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman/Anders Wiklund/Scanpix. Montage: Sveriges Radio.

Sweden's Immigration service is facing criticism over the time it takes to issue foreign workers the necessary permits to work here.

As employers seek to hire skilled foreign workers to fill positions, the Migration Board is being criticised for lengthy delays to applications that are not filed correctly.

The IT and telecommunications sectors claim that they have been worst hit. One IT company told Swedish Radio News that it can take up to three weeks simply to obtain a response to an email.

The IT sector in Sweden is expanding at a rate of around five per cent a year, with some 17,000 companies employing approximately 178,000 people in 2011. There are fears that delays in processing work permit applications for skilled foreign workers will put this growth at risk.

The Migration Board has defended its processing times saying that the majority of delays are the result of poorly filled in forms.

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